The Surprising Origin of Thanksgiving Foods

Many of the foods pilgrims ate include foods people still eat at American Thanksgiving celebrations today. The turkey, a domesticated animal native to the Americas, often finds itself the center of attention on this holiday. Today's corn shares many similarities to the wild grasses in existence for thousands of years. Viewers enjoy learning about these traditional foods in an enticing video that is part of a playlist on biology.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Have each scholar pick their favorite Thanksgiving food and research the origins of the plants or animals it comes from
  • Debate genetic modification of foods from farmers to scientists
Classroom Considerations
  • Consider the maturity of scholars, as the discussion of poop might distract from the content
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Pros
  • Provides closed captioning for the hearing impaired
  • Connects history, geography, biology, botany, chemistry, and more
  • Offers fun facts to share at holiday celebrations
Cons
  • None